Jon will be performing with the IU Southeast Orchestra on Sunday, April 23, 2023. The program will include the world premiere of Scott Ulrich’s “Light Through Water” and Dvořák’s “New World Symphony.”

The IU Southeast Orchestra will present the WORLD PREMIERE of “Light Through Water” by IU Southeast student, Scott Ulrich this Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m. Also on the program is Dvořák’s “New World Symphony” (Symphony No. 9 in E Minor). Tickets and more info at:

“Light Through Water” is an orchestral work that creates a unique sonic landscape that transports the listener to another world. “Light Through Water” refers to the phenomenon of how light behaves when it passes through water. When light enters water, it slows down and changes direction due to the change in density between air and water. As light travels deeper into the ocean, it encounters more and more water, which causes it to scatter and absorb. This means that the deeper you go, the less light there is. Ulrich’s approach to composition is deeply rooted in his love of nature and the outdoors, as he often draws inspiration from his surroundings.

The Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World,” Op. 95, B. 178, popularly known as the ‘New World Symphony,’ was composed by Antonín Dvořák in 1893 while he was the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America from 1892 to 1895. It is by far his most popular symphony, and one of the most popular of all symphonies. Neil Armstrong took a recording of the New World Symphony to the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission, the first Moon landing, in 1969. The Largo movement, is one of the most instantly recognizable melodies in western music, and was adapted into the spiritual-like song “Goin’ Home” (often mistakenly considered a folk song or traditional spiritual) by Dvořák’s pupil William Arms Fisher, who wrote the lyrics in 1922.

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